Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

May 25, 2021

Square D Smart Home Enabled Wiring DevicesSchneider has announced the launch of Square D Wiring Devices in Canada. Carefully designed with form, function, and convenience in mind, Square D Wiring Devices bring style and connectivity to the residential market with a focus on delivering quality devices to electricians, homebuilders, and homeowners.

From smart fridges to smart speakers, the way Canadians live is being transformed by intelligent new technology. IoT is increasingly finding its presence in homes around the world. In Canada, 14% of people own at least one smart home device–and this uptake is growing at an accelerated rate.

Ease of installation and use, durability, and sustainability continue to be top of mind for both electricians and homeowners. Square D Wiring Devices offer an innovative way to deliver the type of technology Canadians have come to expect in their homes.

Square D Devices are available in two aesthetics. The X Series switches offer interchangeable face covers, providing flexibility to adapt to any interior décor without the need to access the wiring, while the connectivity features provide personalization and comfort and help save energy.

The XD Series consists of a premium range of modern, sophisticated cover plates that mount easily on X Series switches and receptacles. The cover plates simply snap onto the X Series device allowing homeowners to easily and safely update their look and colour – no need for changing the device or exposing the wiring.

Square D Wiring Devices add value with intelligent connectivity through Wi-Fi or z-wave, allowing users to control their lights remotely using the Wiser Home app which offers integration with Alexa and Google Home. Homeowners can set their own mood and ambiance with custom light scenes and sequences, while continuously monitoring their energy. The Square D Wiring Devices are available in multiple matte finish colour options to achieve a refined, minimalist elegance throughout any home.

"Canadians from coast-to-coast continue to spend more and more time in their homes. That means, more energy use, and a higher need for personalization. Staying on top of energy use can help everyone practice efficient ways to conserve energy," says David O'Reilly, VP Home and Distribution, Schneider Electric Canada. "With a range of style and colour options to choose from, Square D Wiring Devices suit the needs for any room in the home, for modern and connected living."

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Top Recurring Revenue Business Ideas for Electricians

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We’ve all heard the saying, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Sadly, there’s no way to plant dollar bills for your electrical business that will grow into hundreds overnight (wouldn’t that be nice?).

While I can’t gift you a money tree, after talking to dozens of our electrical customers, I can tell you that one of the best ways to grow your business is through recurring revenue.

What is Recurring Revenue and Why Should Your Electrical Business Have It?

Recurring revenue is predictable, stable revenue that comes into your business at regular intervals. It helps you better maintain cash flow, reduce reliance on one-time sales and most importantly, allows you to forecast revenue so that you can make better decisions for the future of your business. 

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The EPLAN AdvantageWhat is EPLAN?

One platform, multiple solutions – the Eplan Platform offers engineering software such as Preplanning for systematic preliminary planning, Electric P8 for preparing circuit diagrams and Pro Panel for 3D enclosure planning, all from a single source. Standardised interfaces and integration processes enable continuous data flows throughout the value chain, with additional links to various system solutions from Rittal.

This year, EPLAN has introduced its new EPLAN Platform 2022 to help address challenges in the design, engineering and manufacturing phases of the panel building process...

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EIN NECA ECAO 400ECAO and NECA have announced that on January 1 ECAO officially joined NECA as their 119th Chapter. Executive Director Graeme Aitken joined NECA CEO David Long on LinkedIn Live to announce the partnership.

Given the similarities between the two organizations, ECAO is looking to create more opportunities for its electrical contractor members and this further collaboration will allow them to facilitate that. As well as drawing on the educational opportunities that NECA can offer.

“What we’re looking for is integration, professionalism, but most importantly to expand our community."

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

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